One of the most traditional German rolls are Kaiser rolls or Kaisersemmel called in German. Kaiser means emperor and Semmel is the name for a roll in Austria and Bavaria.
The recipe for this crispy and fluffy roll goes back to the 17th century. You can even find them on art paintings in castles from this time.
German Bread Roll
German “Brötchen” are famous all around the world. The crispy outside and the flavorful soft inside makes it one of the most popular German food choices.
They are perfect for all kinds of savory and sweet breakfast toppings but also a great base for hundreds of sandwich variations.
How is a roll called in German?
A roll is either called “Brötchen”, “Schrippe”, “Weckle”, “Wecken” or “Semmel”, depending on the region.
How to pronounce “Brötchen”?
Listen to this audio file to hear how to say “Brötchen” in German.
German Dinners (Abendbrot)
Generally, Germans eat their primary meal of the day at midday but the evening meal is served cold and is made up of meats, cheeses, and bread.
The evening bread otherwise known as Abendbrot is served and eaten together as a family though everyone is allowed to assemble their open-faced sandwich to taste.
How to make German Kaiser Rolls Video Tutorial
Authentic Kaiser Roll Recipe
- 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp. yeast
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1/2 cup warm water plus
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 2 tbsp. lard or butter
- 1 tbsp. salt
- 1 1/2 tsp. barley malt, optional
- Add flour and barley malt (optional) to a large bowl, mix well and form a well in the middle.
- Add yeast and sugar to the well.
- Pour 1/2 cup of warm water in the well and stir gently while incorporating some flour.
- Cover and let rise in warm place for 20 minutes.
- Melt lard or butter in 1 1/2 cups warm water.
- Add water mixture and mix well.
- Add salt and knead for about 10 minutes. (you can do this by hand or in a stand mixer with a knead hook)
- Cover and let rise in warm place for 40 minutes.
- Divide dough into 8 pieces and roll into a ball.
- Flatten the roll slightly and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Press a Kaiser roll stamp into each ball of dough.
- Cover with clean kitchen towel and let rise for at least 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400ºF and bake for about 20 minutes.
You can use an apple cutter instead of the Kaiser roll stamp which gives the roll the traditional Bavarian roll pattern. If you don´t have an apple cutter, cut a large cross in the surface of the roll.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
You can decorate the rolls with sesame or poppy seeds. Spray lightly with water and sprinkle with seeds
Serve with sweet or savory toppings.
They make a great companion for a soup or salad.